Just a few examples of females from varied parts of India and what Navratri and festivals mean for them. Isn’t it great a fusion of cultures like this survives and thrives and get stronger every day in India?
Fusion of cultures – festivals
Navratri for Namita, homemaker and career-maker
It is Navratri celebration in office. Namita cooks lunch for her husband and kids. But she has decided to fast for 9 days. Strictly for healthy diet purposes. She is wearing a sari to the office today. So, she gets ready in a sleeveless blouse, cotton saree, bold neckpiece and bracelet. As she is very happy with her look, she clicks a selfie to update her Instagram. While going downstairs, her elderly neighbour notices her attire and asks, ‘where is your mangalsutra? Chhaan jarichi sadi nesaychi aga (you should wear a traditional saree)!! She touches the lady’s feet in a gesture of respect, but ignores what she says and goes to the office.
Navratri for Nityaa, the female blogger
Nityaa, a female blogger, working from home does not understand what the whole fuss is about for the Navratri celebration. She is single and lives on her own. And, she is so used to working in pyjamas that when she goes to visit her parents on Dussehra, she does not change her clothes. She gives the traditional ‘aptyache paan’ and touches the feet of her parents, but not before hearing everything about how a woman should be dressed on such occasions.
Navratri for Juilee – Stay at home wife
Juilee is a stay-at-home wife. On Diwali, she decorates the house with Rangoli, flowers and diyas. She cooks a traditional feast for the relatives and visiting in-laws. But, at night, she and her husband meet up with their friends for drinks where she cannot resist joining them in a bottoms-up challenge of a neat scotch.
Navratri for Arati, ambitious woman
Arati works at an established company, managing an important position and a responsible job profile. She comes home from a gruelling twelve-hour shift at the office and still gets ready to attend a nine p.m. call with the US colleagues. The day after she applies for a mandatory leave to prep her house for welcoming Gauri – Ganpati. The sight of Gauri-Ganpati never fails to soothe her.
Fusion of cultures – festivals
What is common among all these amazing ladies? They have managed to combine the two cultures in their life, in such a way that they co-exist peacefully. They adore our traditions, but the western culture also doesn’t faze them. They’ve managed to achieve the best of both worlds, which is one of the most difficult tasks to do, and they do it with a grace that is amazing to watch.
The women of India today live in a fusion of cultures. Half the time they are attracted to old traditions, the other half they want to shoot it all to hell, and just chill out. Imagine a blast of colours, where the ravishing red and blazing yellow colours of our traditional Haldi-kumkum meet the dark bold colours of midnight-blue and black. Isn’t that a wonderful collage?
The same thing happens in our lives. People expect us to live with either of the colours, but not both. However, we, the bold women of today, never do things that are really expected of us, do we? So, we persist to flourish amidst a valley of colours, enjoying each shade as we go along…
Do you fall under the same category? Which colours do you prefer to have in your life? Let us know your take on this. Just remember, each one of us is equally amazing and beautiful, no matter what our choices!
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